Chapter 319 is pretty old, but I just read it again in volume 35 of the tankoubans. The following 4 pages from this chapter reminded me of why I hate Sakura so much.
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If you couldn’t be bothered to click on those thumbnails, Sakura is sitting in her room, having a cry over Sasuke while Naruto is training hard. This scene encompasses everything I hate about Sakura’s character.
1) She does jack shit.
2) She cries. A lot. While doing jack shit.
3) JACK SHIT AND CRYING ARE ALL SHE DOES.
Does she serve a purpose to the plot except for making it even more emo? No. For both Naruto and Sasuke, she’s less important to them than each other (remember Naruto spent two and half years training while thinking of Sasuke. If that’s not gay I don’t know what is). She doesn’t fight – in fact, she can’t. She didn’t beat Sasori, she acted as a puppet while the Sand Grandma did all the real work. Even in the beginning, in the Water Country , the Chuunin exam, and the ‘we’re a team but let’s split up and have five one on one fights aren’t I clever’ arcs she never did a single noteworthy thing.
Her personality isn’t even likeable. She says she’ll work hard, and according to Tsunade she did. But what results do we see form her hard work? Oh yay you healed a sub character! AWESOME. Let’s not mention her double-personality crap. It doesn’t make her interesting, it just makes her a bitch. And what happened to her supposed talent for genjutsu? Oh wait, that’s right. Nobody likes her, so why bother spending time actually developing her character and making her useful?
(I’m giving you a hint on what to do Kishimoto. If you somehow happen to stumble across this blog, I want to tell you that I love you for writing and drawing Naruto, but I hate you for creating Sakura. Either dump her or make her interesting. Actually, just dump her, you’ll probably fail at making her interesting anyway.)
Naruto disapproves. Actually, what is this guy trying to do?
I don’t know how Kishimoto failed to make the lead female character of Naruto likeable, when the Naruto world is filled with interesting and complex characters. Even the Akatsuki and the Sand Grandma, who only showed up for a short time, are better characters than Sakura, not to mention the numerous Leaf ninjas.
As far as I can tell, she’s only there to make Naruto and Sasuke not
blatantly gay. Of course, that doesn’t stop the yaoi fangirls from making millions of NaruSasu slash doujins/pics/fics, which proves that she fails at her only purpose.
It’s about time Kishimoto killed off more characters, and I nominate Sakura for starting the blood rite.